Introducing the 2023 Model
In full disclosure, I had started writing about the Living Vehicle just before the announcement of the new 2023 model. As someone always looking for the latest and greatest, I was pleased to see this recreational vehicle bring something exciting and promising with its latest announcement. Think of the Living Vehicle as an RV or recreational vehicle to end all RVs. It is more of a “tiny home” on wheels.
In two previous articles, I wrote about two Recreational Vehicles (RVs) that incorporated electric power into their overall make-up.
Unlike the Winnebago and Thor offerings, a Living Vehicle is not interested in getting you from point a to point b. The Living Vehicle assumes you have a vehicle and a way to deliver it to your destination. Where its main focus is ensuring once you are at your destination, you can remain there without relying on the public facilities for water or electricity. This vehicle primarily seeks to provide the user with a long-term off-grid experience.
Their latest offering is also the most exciting. Living Vehicle has partnered with WaterGen in providing drinking water from the air. More specifically, they have incorporated the technology to produce up to 19 liters of fresh drinking water by water extraction using 1 KWH through a heat exchanger. The captured water is then run through an advanced water filtration system and treated with UV light to ensure it is free from microbes.
This technology can also produce water in climates with humidity as low as 20%. Even more exciting, once the freshwater tanks are filled, the remaining water system will be replenished (Sink, shower, toilet). The freshwater storage on board will hold 100 gallons in total.
Of course, making water from thin air wouldn’t be possible without electricity to run the heat exchanger. They continue incorporating solar panels across the roof length and extending onto the solar awning.
To ensure the Living Vehicle is not entirely dependent on the sun, they have built a powerful redundancy system. Solar is considered the primary power source, followed by the alternator, shore power, and a generator. Depending on the Living Vehicle Package you buy, the battery pack size will dictate how long you can power your system without solar (below).
The 2023 Living Vehicle has taken notice of the shift from the office to the home office, so they have included a Creative Studio optional add-on within the Queen Bedroom. We have a Murphy bed set up here!
When the media center is folded away, the bed can be folded down to reveal this:
Plenty of windows to take in the outdoor views, along with an optional washer/dryer unit.
Not to be forgotten is a pretty spacious kitchen (below), with a large refrigerator/freezer and plenty of surrounding cabinet storage. The stove is a three-burner stovetop with included oven. Also, make a note of the small island.
The queen bedroom suite will ensure you get ample rest during your extended off-grid stay!
The dining area can be converted to add additional beds for your extra company or kids.
The bathroom is well-equipped.
Along with a spacious shower with a solid walnut floor and back wall:
To tour a “Living Vehicle,” you must travel to Santa Barbara, California.
To get this “ Tiny Home” to its destination, you will need a vehicle with a towing capacity of at least 16,000 lbs and upwards of 18,000 for the higher-end Core package. The transporting vehicle better have a payload over 3000l bs if you want to ensure your passengers and luggage accompany the Living Vehicle.
Ok, what is the price, you may be asking? The following is base model pricing:
CORE — $339,995 MAX — $399,995 PRO — $469,995 PRO-EV — $509,995
I took a gander at the PR0-EV model with a good deal of upgrades. Surprisingly the pricing topped the $700,000 mark for most of the add-ons. Expect the WaterGen system to cost you close to $20,000 as it is considered an option.
Earlier I mentioned this should be considered a tiny home, but at these prices, you will have to add the adjectives “luxurious and pricy.” Even more surprising, these luxurious Living Vehicles consistently sell out soon after they are announced, proving there is a market for them. Demand for these was high even before the introduction of the new WaterGen system. Expect current demand to go through the roof! So what is a Living Vehicle? A luxurious experience for those with too much disposable income on their hands!